PlayStation 5 (PS5) First Impressions – The DualSense is a Game Changer

We’re on the verge of a new era of console gaming with the Xbox Series X|S and the PlayStation 5 (PS5) just weeks away. We got our hands on the PS5 to get a feel on what next-gen gaming will feel like.

The PS5 is noticeably bigger than its predecessors and basically any other console out there. At around 390mm (h) x 104mm (w) x 260mm (d), it is HUGE! However, its modern space-age design is not just style, but probably function as well.

The curved frontal of the PS5 incorporates heat vents in its design for heat management.

The curved frontal of the PS5 is an integral part of the workings of the console as it incorporates huge heat vents that help to dissipate heat that the machine is sure to generate with its super speed SSD and the workload the GPU takes on for the next generation of graphics. The last thing you want is for your brand new console to melt… RROD anyone?

We had the opportunity to try out 3 new games developed especially for the PS5 – Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Balan Wonderworld and Astro’s Playroom. Graphics were crisp and sharp, details were stunning and loading times were almost non-existent. The console ran silently and there didn’t seem to be much heat emanating from the console.

As well ventilated as it is, some planning is definitely needed to figure out just where the beast of a console will sit as part of your gaming set-up.

At this point, I don’t think it’s fair to make any judgements based on the games as there really wasn’t much time, or the ability, to truly put the console, or the games through the ringer. A fairer assessment would be to compare games that are currently available for the PS4, and will be later available on the PS5 – like FIFA 21. However, that’s not something we can do right now.

What did get our attention though was the new DualSense controller for the PS5. It is a game changer.

Sony has talked about haptic feedback and adaptive triggers as features of the new DualSense controllers. Do they really matter? Definitely. Think of when Sony first introduced vibration to the DualShock controllers and how they changed your gaming experience – they’ve done it again. Running around in Astro’s Playroom truly gives you an understanding of the possible applications of the technology and new features.

“Rebranding” from Dualshock to The DualSense makes… well, sense because the change is so significant. Haptic feedback pulls you into the game and let’s you experience differences in the environment from gusts of wind to minute differences when you’re walking on wooden flooring to glass or sand.

The adaptive triggers also allow for different levels of control of your characters and their abilities. I can’t wait to have a real go and dedicate some serious gaming time.

While we couldn’t see the console’s interface and the experience was limited to three games, first impressions of the PS5 is that it is a beast – both in size and power.